El Salvador has got USD 641 million from the Republic of China (Taiwan) to implement the second phase of the project “Support for the integration of fisheries and aquaculture in Central America” (Pripesca). The press release said that the project aims to promote sustainable development of artisanal fisheries in the region and is being carried out by the Organisation for the Fishing and Aquaculture Sector of Central America (Ospesca), a member of the Central American Integration System (SICA), in partnership with the Regional International Organization for Agricultural Health (Oirsa).
The release states that the grant was handed over by the Taiwanese ambassador in El Salvador, Carlos Liao, and was received by the executive director of Oirsa, Guillermo Alvarado Downing, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of El Salvador. The first phase of project received USD 5 million by Taiwan. At that time, they were implementing management plans for inland water bodies, the prototypes were conducted with fishermen and fish farmers, with activities for “seeding the sea” and repopulating the seas, among other activities.
It is true that Taiwan has vast experience in implementing technology for the development and organization of fisheries and aquaculture. Dr. Juan Daniel Alemán Gurdian, Secretary General of SICA, explained that this cooperation will allow for the continuation of the implementation of the ‘big four components related to the regional management of inland fisheries.” This includes inter-institutional strengthening of the fisheries and the coordinated management of water resources and regional aquaculture. All this with “harmonic methodologies for sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture.”